Advanced Conveyancing for Paralegals and Legal Support Staff 2015

Course Date: June 12, 2015

Total: 5h 18min

Welcome and Introduction

The Use (Misuse, and Abuse) of Powers of Attorney in Real Estate Transactions

  • “how to”, legal, and practice concerns that come up when a party to the transaction is using a POA document
  • POA issues are one of the leading reasons for defect notices
  • execution requirements for EPOA documents
  • issues specific to buyers and sellers

Dick H.K. Chan — Spagnuolo & Company Real Estate Lawyers, Coquitlam

Escrow Closing

  • why close in escrow
  • sample documents
  • irrevocable direction from clients
  • potential problems and risks

Bob C. Starkell — Bob C. Starkell Law Corporation, Vancouver

Title Insurance

  • what does it cover?
  • what doesn’t it cover?
  • when to use it?
  • alternatives

Timothy J. Lack — Lunny Atmore LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Private Mortgages/Lender’s Perspective

  • conflicts
  • instructions
  • specific clauses
  • document preparation
  • discharging private mortgages

Timothy J. Lack — Lunny Atmore LLP, Vancouver
Colleen Read — Spagnuolo & Company Real Estate Lawyers, Coquitlam

Developer’s Perspective and Builder’s Liens

  • new buildings from developer’s lawyer’s perspective
  • liens, deadlines, holdbacks, closings
  • info. packs

Norman Chow — Vancouver

Networking Lunch


  • buying, selling, and mortgaging, including searches
  • signing authorities
  • directors’ resolutions and officers’ certificates

Dick H.K. Chan — Spagnuolo & Company Real Estate Lawyers, Coquitlam

Land Title Defects and How to Avoid Them

  • common defects
    • general application errors
    • completion of form errors
    • power of attorney errors
      • enduring power of attorney errors
    • trusts
  • how to avoid defects

Tim Jowett — Land Title and Survey Authority of BC, New Westminster


  • process
  • errors to avoid

David Jiang — Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Vancouver 

Networking Break

5, 30 & 60 Days Post Closing

  • CBA standard undertakings
  • conveyancing file management
  • obligations for representatives of buyers and sellers

Ron Usher — The Society of Notaries Public of BC, Vancouver

Miscellaneous Practice Points

Robert F. Halifax — Cobbett & Cotton Law Corporation, Burnaby

Closing Remarks and Questions